Helping people live life to the fullest

Friday, April 18, 2014

 Pictured are Hamilton Medical Center and Bradley Whiteside Rehabilitation occupational therapists. From left are, Tricia Carroll, Rebecca Stanley, Ashley Milford and Taylor Womack.
Pictured are Hamilton Medical Center and Bradley Whiteside Rehabilitation occupational therapists. From left are, Tricia Carroll, Rebecca Stanley, Ashley Milford and Taylor Womack.

DALTON, Ga. – April is Occupational Therapy Month, and Bradley Whiteside Rehabilitation occupational therapists are reminding people that there’s help available if or when a disability or impairment keeps them from living life to the fullest.

Bradley Whiteside Rehabilitation, a part of Hamilton Medical Center (HMC), is an outpatient therapy facility that provides physical and occupational therapy services to a variety of city and county residents to help them regain their ability to enjoy their life to the fullest following physical injury or impairments.  The Occupational Therapy Department of HMC includes three outpatient therapists at Bradley Whiteside Rehabilitation and one therapist to provide service at HMC. They are Tricia Carroll (certified hand therapist), Ashley Milford, Rebecca Stanley and Taylor Womack (HMC).

“The Hamilton occupational therapy staff members have a variety of treatment skills, certifications and experiences,” said Kevin Roberts, director. “They offer professional, competent and important assistance to benefit people with a variety of health care problems.”

Bradley Whiteside Rehabilitation offers hand therapy services under the care or supervision of a certified hand therapist to address a variety of hand and upper extremity injuries, especially in orthopedic care.  Additionally, two outpatient therapists are certified in use of Saebo, a dynamic brace system that is offering hope to local residents who have experienced a stroke and have lost the use of their hand and arm to complete the essential tasks of life, such as feeding and dressing.
   
Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children and adults with physical disabilities or impairments to regain the ability to perform functional and everyday tasks independently. Occupational therapists are commonly seen assisting patients with pain or tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder or rotator cuff challenges, fractures involving the arm or hand, arthritis and stroke. 

Therapists use a variety of techniques in order to help alleviate pain or improve mobility, strength and coordination in order to allow a person to complete necessary daily tasks such as bathing and dressing, as well as leisure tasks such as golf or sewing.  Occupational therapy services may include recommendations for adaptive equipment and training or activity modifications to enhance independence and function. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective. The focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

“As occupational therapists, we strive to assist others in building skills for a better life,” said Carroll. “We enjoy helping others in returning to their everyday lives to allow them to live life to its fullest!”

Please call Bradley Whiteside Rehabilitation at 706-272-6199 for more information on occupational therapy services.